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The Student Ceramicist Suspending Time In Clay

Last year’s lockdowns were a turning point in the fledgling practice of student ceramicist, Bell Carver. Where she had previously kept her focus on functional objects, stay-at-home orders and banishment from the RMIT studios led the young creative to play around with the conceptual side of ceramics. And then these experiments won her the inaugural Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize!

Bell’s gentle porcelain orbs attempt to encapsulate the experience of the months-long lockdown in clay. Two creamy hemispheres split apart along an imaginary central axis remain joined at the seam to represent the slow but assured separation of everyone around the world. Whether by chance or design, Bell’s pieces resemble the earth turned upside down, or completely split in two.

Rainbow Red Quinoa Salad with BBQ’d Corn – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

Given I work in close proximity to my kitchen most days, we tend to eat home made salads a lot for lunch here in the office, and I find it is SO much better for afternoon productivity than a whopping great sandwich.

Today’s recipe is a staple around here – it’s so satisfying, and it keeps for days in the fridge, so you can make a big batch on Sunday night with the knowledge that weekday lunches will be sorted until at least Wednesday. You can also change it up with the addition of tuna, or roast chicken, both of which taste excellent mixed through the salad.

16 Local Artisans That Deserve Your Undivided Attention

The best thing about The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards is that it recognises the detailed and intricate as much as the grand and fantastical. Both skill sets are equally impressive, and equally difficult to master!

The following artisans are specialists in their fields, from glassblowers and porcelain artists to jewellers and weavers. The shortlisted entries of the Handcrafted category in our 2021 Awards are 16 makers that definitely deserve the limelight.

Mackerel, Buckwheat and Pear Salad – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

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